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found in: social studies; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

DocsTeach is a source of primary documents from the National Archives and activities for 3-12 social studies teachers and students. Some of the lessons can be adapted for younger students. Activities can be keyword searched, limited by those created by the National Archives, and limited by historical era, thinking skill, activity type, or grade level. Documents can be keyword searched and limited by historical era and eight document types. Teachers can register for free to collect and share documents, create and share activities, and access and modify activities created by others.

Finding American Symbols  Students (3-6) identify symbols used in the original design of the Great Seal of the United States (1782) and assess how they symbolize important American ideas. The lesson links to an image of the 1782 design that can be enlarged to focus on details.

Americans on the Homefront Helped Win World War I Individually or in small groups, students (6-8) match documents (photos) to a list of nine ways Americans at home were asked to help in the war effort during World War I and reflect on the sacrifices made.

Birth of the Environmental Protection Agency  Students (9-12) analyze photographs taken by the EPA to identify environmental issues in the early 1970s and speculate what legislation would have passed and enforced.

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